The Common Man has returned fortified from several weeks spent inspecting skiing conditions in the Alps, and notes much has happened since his departure. Most pressing is the strange silence over the NEC votes to expel Mr Abbott and Mr Edmonds.
For many months, the Common Man has watched the BNP lite which is the anti-UKIP brigade praise, rightly so, the integrity of NEC member Del Young in the hope of causing a split between him and the best interests of UKIP. How strange it then is to find nobody can explain why Mr Young voted in favour of the expulsion of both Mr Abbott and Mr Edmonds.
There are only two possible answer. Either Mr Young voted against natural justice, or Misters Abbott and Edmonds were both guilty as charged, m'lud.
Regular readers will know the real answer as well as the Common Man. Mr Young is indeed a man of integrity, and he voted to get rid of those who would love to see UKIP cut a deal with the BNP. The only question is why Mr Lance-Watkins and his BNP chums have so little to say on the subject in public. In private, the Common Man has learned that they speak of Mr Young in terms that would make the National Front, Rhodesians and apartheid supporting South Africans proud.